Security forces have increased patrolling after small rubber boats were spotted near terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir. According to sources, intelligence agencies have asked security forces to strengthen patrolling around small water bodies.
Some reports suggest that 13 small water bodies near the International Border in Akhnoor, Samba, and Kathua in Jammu division have been identified by the intelligence agencies to intensify patrolling.
Meanwhile, Gurej sector - a Valley through which the Kishanganga River run and houses the road to Gilgit - is on high alert. According to intelligence inputs, terrorists may use the Krishna Ghati river for infiltration.
Earlier in August, the Border Security Force (BSF) found two Pakistani fishing boats abandoned in the ‘Harami Nala’ creek area along the Indo-Pak border near Kutch district of Gujarat.
A thorough search operation was launched after two single-engine fitted Pakistani boats were found abandoned in the Harami Nala, but nothing suspicious was recovered from the area, he said.
‘Harami Nala’ is a sluggish and shallow water channel in the Sir Creek area from where the Border Security Force reports cases of seizure of Pakistani fishermen or abandoned boats.
In May this year, the BSF captured a Pakistani fishing boat from the area while the fishermen on board managed to escape.
Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Governor's advisor Farooq Khan said the number of active terrorists in the Valley had declined to 150 or 200 from thousands earlier. However, he said the terrorists would either have to go to jail or get prepared to face the consequences
"Pakistan is making attempts on Kashmir since 1947. Expecting good from it will be the biggest mistake and every citizen of the state need to remain cautious," Khan told reporters on the sidelines of a function.
Lauding the role of people in helping the security forces to deal with terrorists over the past three decades, he said "they are our eyes and ears as they know everything what is happening and where.